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Author Topic: [ANN] LocalBitcoins.com - a location-based bitcoin to cash marketplace  (Read 95321 times)
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June 07, 2012, 09:23:31 AM
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The site: http://localbitcoins.com/

Features

- tries to resolve your location based on your IP, but you can also specify zipcode/postal code search
- anonymous by default, no email addresses shown. You decide afterwards if you accept the offer, and of course you can use throw-away email.
- specify your price using equation - makes it easy to make competitive pricing strategy
- transactions and reputation system. collect reputation via confirmed trades. It is possible to do the transaction on-the-spot with just an one device. Also it is possible to do the transaction with SMS message - quick and easy.

How to run a bitcoin cash exchange for fun and profit - guide

We also wrote a short tutorial for using the site: http://localbitcoins.com/cash_exchange_howto

Features under development

- better process for buyers/sellers
- better UI

Any suggestions are welcome! Especially feedback how well the location works for you, eg. how well your location is determined with the IP, etc.

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June 07, 2012, 09:24:53 AM
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Looks like it's twitter bootstrapped. Also, any chance of being able to work on your site in exchange for some bitcoin?

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June 07, 2012, 09:29:32 AM
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Looks like it's twitter bootstrapped. Also, any chance of being able to work on your site in exchange for some bitcoin?

Yeah, it is twitter bootstrapped. What do you have in mind?

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June 07, 2012, 11:03:17 AM
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How do I edit my existing listing?

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June 07, 2012, 11:12:17 AM
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Its the first time I have used one of these which has actually located my town properly.  Smiley

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June 07, 2012, 11:18:35 AM
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Its the first time I have used one of these which has actually located my town properly.  Smiley

Cool to hear. The IP based location searcher is not perfect, but I hope it will work out for most people Smiley

Now you can actually edit your advertisement from your add edit page. I removed BTC from the currency list, since it might confuse people. The idea is, that all amounts are specified in fiat, since that way it is easier from the change viewpoint - just have some round amount in cash.

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June 07, 2012, 12:41:15 PM
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a) what does "twitter bootstrapped" mean?
b) can you add "vwap" for use in the equation?

c) my IP is somewhere 400km from my hometown. please let my specify via google maps or SOMETHING.

other than that, awesome.
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June 07, 2012, 12:44:36 PM
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a) what does "twitter bootstrapped" mean?
b) can you add "vwap" for use in the equation?

a) it means that the project uses twitter bootstrap template (just developer thing, not relevant to user)
b) yeah, where can I get this data from?

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June 07, 2012, 12:45:03 PM
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Can you add other contact info fields ?
By default there is only the "email", but users must be able to add more by clicking a "+" ( plus ) button
Then they will be able to edit the "label" and the value/address.

Example:
I click the "+" button, it will add 2 fields, I'll write in the first "Skype" and in the second "hostfat".
Again, I press the "+" button, 2 fields, first "torchat", second "3vmj0379wv0389c730t" ( this isn't my real address, just an example )

You can put a limit of 5/6 fields Smiley

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June 07, 2012, 12:47:26 PM
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Could you add NOK as a currency?

It would be cool if you could set a price like:

Bitcoin charts Euro 24h average * Euro/NOK Market rate * 1.05

or add a text instead of a price.
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June 07, 2012, 12:53:57 PM
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Can you add other contact info fields ?
By default there is only the "email", but users must be able to add more by clicking a "+" ( plus ) button
Then they will be able to edit the "label" and the value/address.

Example:
I click the "+" button, it will add 2 fields, I'll write in the first "Skype" and in the second "hostfat".
Again, I press the "+" button, 2 fields, first "torchat", second "3vmj0379wv0389c730t" ( this isn't my real address, just an example )

You can put a limit of 5/6 fields Smiley

Thanks for the suggestions! We will think about it, now I just have to fix some bugs...

Could you add NOK as a currency?

It would be cool if you could set a price like:

Bitcoin charts Euro 24h average * Euro/NOK Market rate * 1.05

or add a text instead of a price.

I will try to add more equation parameters and currencies. Thanks for the suggestion.

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June 07, 2012, 12:55:35 PM
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a) what does "twitter bootstrapped" mean?
b) can you add "vwap" for use in the equation?

a) it means that the project uses twitter bootstrap template (just developer thing, not relevant to user)
b) yeah, where can I get this data from?

https://mtgox.com/api/1/BTCEUR/public/ticker

mtgox has apis for all currency pairs, pretty easy to read for scripts.

c) my location is detected 340km from here... (it probably is, too - company network) can manually change my location? entering my ZIP and location didnt do anything.
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June 07, 2012, 12:57:23 PM
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I saw that you already have an android app for easywallet, I think that you can integrate your both services in one!
This is my suggestion for blockchain.info, but I think that it's good also for your Cheesy

Feature request for the android client: Integrate Google Maps / GPS.

Idea

The user must set:
- Username
- If he wants to be always visible on the map ( he will be also visible on a dedicated page on blockchain.info )
- If he wants to show available in a range ( chosen by the user ) of Km/miles
- If he wants to be available only if someone will be near him in a range ( chosen by the user ) of Km/miles ( he will appear on the map with a coloured dot )
- If he wants to be available only if someone will be near him in a range ( chosen by the user ) of Km/miles ( the map will just show that there is someone that accept/use bitcoin near the place but it will not show the dot )
- Friends-list: the user can chose to be visible only to some users that he selected as friends.

Some other options:
- Notification if the app find someone near a range ( chosen by the user ) of Km/miles


This is just an idea that can be easily improved.
The main point is to encourage and make easier the hand-to-hand market with Bitcoin, or simply to find other people to talk about this project near our home Smiley

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June 07, 2012, 12:59:36 PM
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c) my location is detected 340km from here... (it probably is, too - company network) can manually change my location? entering my ZIP and location didnt do anything.

Yeah, you should be able to change your location with "Specify location". What is your ZIp and country, so I can research it?

The system resolves location from google, but some bot probably scraped all the locations so we are banned now or something... However zipcodes and postal codes should work, because I inserted them manually.

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June 07, 2012, 01:01:11 PM
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BTW, anyone have suggestions where I could fetch normal currency exchange rates, eg. NOK -> EUR? Cheesy

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June 07, 2012, 01:01:49 PM
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I saw that you already have an android app for easywallet, I think that you can integrate your both services in one!
This is my suggestion for blockchain.info, but I think that it's good also for your Cheesy

Feature request for the android client: Integrate Google Maps / GPS.

Idea

The user must set:
- Username
- If he wants to be always visible on the map ( he will be also visible on a dedicated page on blockchain.info )
- If he wants to show available in a range ( chosen by the user ) of Km/miles
- If he wants to be available only if someone will be near him in a range ( chosen by the user ) of Km/miles ( he will appear on the map with a coloured dot )
- If he wants to be available only if someone will be near him in a range ( chosen by the user ) of Km/miles ( the map will just show that there is someone that accept/use bitcoin near the place but it will not show the dot )
- Friends-list: the user can chose to be visible only to some users that he selected as friends.

Some other options:
- Notification if the app find someone near a range ( chosen by the user ) of Km/miles


This is just an idea that can be easily improved.
The main point is to encourage and make easier the hand-to-hand market with Bitcoin, or simply to find other people to talk about this project near our home Smiley

I was thinking that today, as I was roaming the city... if I could advertise my services on a website and ppl could locate me on google maps to do trades, that'd be awesome.

c) my location is detected 340km from here... (it probably is, too - company network) can manually change my location? entering my ZIP and location didnt do anything.

Yeah, you should be able to change your location with "Specify location". What is your ZIp and country, so I can research it?

The system resolves location from google, but some bot probably scraped all the locations so we are banned now or something... However zipcodes and postal codes should work, because I inserted them manually.

I did enter 10627 Berlin, but it still put me 340 km away (Frankfurt, imho)
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June 07, 2012, 01:08:19 PM
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I did enter 10627 Berlin, but it still put me 340 km away (Frankfurt, imho)

http://localbitcoins.com/postal_code/DE/10627/

Hmm, seems to work for me, it is 4,5 kilometers from my place (10557, Berlin).

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June 07, 2012, 01:09:26 PM
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This service rocks. It has the potential to become big once it's polished a bit.

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June 07, 2012, 01:17:46 PM
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Nice site, few bugs trying to place an ad but easy fixes i'm sure.

I've added it to the bitcoin counsel announcements page.. http://bitcoincounsel.com/announcements
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June 07, 2012, 01:41:13 PM
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here's another API for MTGOX

https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=61110.0;topicseen
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